“If we put put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it take strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.”
“How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body…no one can tame the tongue — a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the image of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.”
“My brothers, this ought not to be so.” (James 3:3-6a, 8-10 from the today’s Daily Lectionary Reading)
Let those with ears to hear, listen!